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Vonn thinks tireless Billy Demong may be two tacos short of a Nordic combination

February 26, 2010 |  2:12 pm

American ski queen Lindsey Vonn, who thinks she worked hard to earn her gold medal in the downhill, says she is in awe of nordic combined long hill gold medalist Billy Demong.

"I love Billy," Vonn said Friday after she failed to finish her first run of slalom. "He's such a hard worker. I've never seen anyone like him before. I think he truly loves pain. He pushes himself to the limit every day of his life."

Vonn remembers once filming a commercial during training in Chile.

"I was up shooting on the hill and he just hiked up the whole mountain, and around the mountain, up and down," she said. "In the summer when I'm in the gym, he's off doing cycling tours with Lance Armstrong and almost beating them. I'm always shocked by the physical excursion he puts himself through. I think he honestly enjoys it."

-- Chris Dufresne